The kindergartener’s are called The Turtles.  Each grade level has an animal name that they named themselves.  We want to keep the grade levels vague so that everyone feels like they can work at their own pace.  Everyone does know what grade they are in of course but no one really ever refers to themselves as their grade level.

Three of the five cuddling in the big chair

This year we have five kindergarteners and of all the years I’ve been with this class, this group sticks together the most. And they aren’t even all from the same class. They certainly mingle, work and play with the older kids but often I see them gathering with their same age counterparts or just checking in with each other.  It’s so nice.

Actually, it’s really beautiful.